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Albert Camus
Elements of a Life
Robert Zaretsky
Like many others of my generation, I first read Camus in high school. I carried him in my backpack while traveling across Europe, I carried him into (and out of) relationships, and I carried him into (and out of) difficult periods of my life. More...



The Cosmic Web
Scientific Field Models and Literary Strategies in the Twentieth Century
N. Katherine Hayles, Katherine Hayles
From the central concept of the field—which depicts the world as a mutually interactive whole, with each part connected to every other part by an underlying field— have come models as diverse as quantum mathematics and Saussure’s theory of language. In The Cosmic Web, N. Katherine Hayles seeks to establish the scope of the field concept and to...



The Discourse of Modernism
Timothy J. Reiss
Timothy J. Reiss perceives a new mode of discourse emerging in early seventeenth-century Europe; he believes that this form of thought, still our own, may itself soon be giving way. In The Discourse of Modernism, Reiss sets up a theoretical model to describe the process by which one dominant class of discourse is replaced by another. He seeks...



Doing Double Dutch
The International Circulation of Literature from the Low Countries
Dutch literature is increasingly understood as a network of texts and poetics connected to other languages and literatures through translations and adaptations. In this book, a team of international researchers explores how Dutch literary texts cross linguistic, historical, geophysical, political, religious, and disciplinary borders, and...



Fictions of Dignity
Embodying Human Rights in World Literature
Elizabeth S. Anker
Elizabeth S. Anker examines human rights in the narrative imagination and, in the process, makes a compelling case for literature as a uniquely valuable point of entry into theoretical discussions of human...



Global Matters
The Transnational Turn in Literary Studies
Paul Jay
Global Matters provides a concise, informative overview of theoretical, critical, and curricular issues driving the transnational turn in literary studies and how these issues have come to dominate contemporary global fiction as well.



The Other Side of the Story
Structures and Strategies of Contemporary Feminist Narratives
Molly Hite
According to Molly Hite, a number of influential contemporary women novelists—notably Jean Rhys, Doris Lessing, Alice Walker, and Margaret Atwood—attempt innovations in narrative form that are more radical in their implications than the dominant modes of fictional experimentation characterized as postmodernist. In The Other Side of the Story...



Postcolonial Representations
Women, Literature, Identity
Françoise Lionnet
Discussing a variety of postcolonial narratives written by women, Lionnet offers a comparative feminist approach that can provide common ground for debates on such issues as multiculturalism, universalism, and...



Telling the Truth
The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction
Barbara C. Foley
Barbara Foley here focuses on the relatively neglected genre of documentary fiction: novels that are continually near the borderline between factual and fictive discourse. She links the development of the genre over three centuries to the evolution of capitalism, but her analyses of literary texts depart significantly from those of most current...



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